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February Gardening To-Dos
In the Garden
- If temperatures are above freezing, prune roses after President’s Day.
- Till and mix in organic compost as weather permits to prepare soil in flower and vegetable garden beds.
- On mild winter days, plant bare-root roses, trees, deciduous shrubs, primroses and pansies.
- Mid-month, pull mulch partly away from emerging bulbs and perennials and hunt for hidden slugs.
- If you didn’t plant bulbs in the fall, buy potted bulbs now and place them in a warm, bright spot to encourage early bloom.
Fruits & Veggies
- On mild days, plant small fruit trees.
- Purchase seeds to get your vegetables started indoors.
- Start broccoli, cabbage and cauliflower indoors under grow lights.
- At month’s end, move veggie starts into a cold frame or sheltered outdoor location to harden off.
- Starlings pecking at turf help remove soil pests such as crane fly larvae. Make these feathered heroes feel welcome.
- Check lawn for standing puddles. Correct drainage or replace lawn with better-adapted ground covers.
Around the House
- Visit the Garden Festival for inspiration.
- Decorate your home for Valentine’s Day and buy something special for your sweetie.
- Check your indoor plants on a regular basis. Bring your plants to Molbak’s Information Booth in our Garden Center anytime and our plant experts can help with any questions.
- Be sure to keep bird feeders clean and full. Hummingbird feeders need to be cleaned every two weeks. Other bird feeders should be cleaned yearly.
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